March is National Nutrition Month, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This month you are invited to learn how to make informed food choices and develop healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is, “Personalize Your Plate: because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes!” Here are some suggestions from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (eatright.org) to help you develop healthier eating habits this month:
Eat a variety of healthy foods every day.
Plan your meals for the week.
- Include nutrient-dense foods from all food groups.
- Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
- Learn how to read the Nutrition Facts Label.
- Take your time to enjoy your food and eat your meals without distractions.
Learn new cooking skills to make nutritious meals.
- Use a grocery list based on what you plan to make throughout the week and what you already have at home.
- Make healthful choices when dining (or carrying) out. Look up nutrition information online before ordering.
- Find nutritious recipes to make throughout the week.
- Plan healthy eating on the go – at school, work or wherever life takes you.
- Keep healthy ingredients at home like fruits, veggies, herbs and spices.
- Follow proper food safety precautions like handwashing, cooking and storing food at proper temperatures, avoiding cross-contamination, etc.
- Eat together as a family when possible. Schedule 1-2 days a week.
- Try new foods, flavors and recipes each week.
Across Goshen Health, our dietitians can help you evaluate your nutritional needs and develop an eating plan tailored to maximize your health. They include: